Tuesday, March 27, 2007


TODAY'S CARD IS The King of Cups. This version is from The Stone Tarot by Alison Stone (visit the link to see a few other cards from this strong and very colorful deck):

For comparison, here's The King of Cups in the Rider/ Waite/ Smith deck:

THE KING OF CUPS: in the Stone Tarot above looks very much to me like the King of Cups in his more negative aspect(s). Way too brooding and intense, the overly sensitive "artiste." Actually, I have identified with those aspects of this card so much over the years that he usually shows up in my readings for myself only in those capacities. Of course, this then raises an interesting issue: Does one become set on particular meanings for a card, or does that card actually mean those things, time and again, when it shows up in readings? I am always aware of that former possibility of habitual responses to the cards, which is one of the reasons I so like working with new decks. They shake up my understandings and let in fresh air. And that is just what, IMHO, The King of Cups above in The Stone Tarot appears to need.

DIFFERENT OR LESS COMMON, EVEN QUIRKY MEANINGS FOR THE KING OF CUPS: (i.e. the below is not intended to be an exhaustive exploration of this card; a quick google will produce a wider variety of takes should you not be familiar with this card):

Possible addiction issues, especially alcohol.

Can be a very shady character. His stormy aspect may be camouflage for dishonesty and manipulation.

Out of emotional control, or about to be. In dire need of emotional balance. Conversely, so controlled as to be like a "black hole," draining others' energies.

Don't confuse thought and emotions. Know also that what you think can determine what you feel.

Well-meaning and empathic, but not necessarily very effective.

It may be time to fully attend to your creative ideas, to take care of them with concrete action so that they may manifest.

A tremendously creative and capable nature, that supports the efforts of others.

Can sometimes indicate a romantic partner or relationship.

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Resource: The Glastonbury Tarot, another brightly colored deck.

‘til next time, keep keep balancing thought and emotion, and enjoying The Tarot,


[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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